Course Title: Landscape Architecture Postgraduate Special Initiative

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Postgraduate Special Initiative

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


320H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Charles Anderson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1853

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.11.09

Course Coordinator Availability: by appoinment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The Postgraduate Special Initiative is a contract and project based course that allows you to undertake a project of your instigation or of the instigation of one or more staff members. The nature of the project and the form of assessment and assessment criteria are negotiated and agreed upon in a Learning Contract signed by you, supervisory staff and the Program Director. The Postgraduate Special Initiative course is an elective course.

The project is supervised by one staff member and assessed by at least that staff member and the Program Director, or another staff member if the supervisor is the Program Director.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will:

1. Have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of Landscape Architecture.
2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake an independent project of relevance to Landscape Architecture and the Program at RMIT.
3. Satisfy the contractual arrangements as agreed upon in the Learning Contract.

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Generate innovative outcomes for Landscape Architecture design projects at a range of scales through a mastery of practice which synthesizes creative, critical, analytical, reflective and theoretical thinking skills
  • Effectively and fluently disseminate design research across disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences through a mastery of communication skills in a range of forms and media which shows a sophisticated understanding of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture
  • Express a high level of personal responsibility within independent design research projects combining an ability to employ a range of design processes for the generation and evaluation of design research projects
  • Interrogate, question, engage and act in a broad range of social and cultural situations, and demonstrate effective teamwork and collaborative practices including an openness to others from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds
  • Evidence the capacity to be an agent for change and innovation in the profession of landscape architecture in local and global contexts and in wider society as a whole 


Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be largely self-directed, with minimal supervision by staff. You will be expected to sign a Learning Contract outlining what project you will undertake in the semester and on what basis it will be evaluated. This project may be instigated by writing a proposal and submitting it to the Program Director. The proposal may be written by one or more staff members and/or one or more students. The project may involve any number of students and staff. If available a staff member is assigned the role as supervisor for each project. Once accepted the agreed upon project is carried through to completion, then it will be assessed by the Program Director and the relevant staff members at a 15 minute presentation. Where convenient, all Special Initiative students will be asked to present together, and to as many other staff, students and others as possible, for the greater educational benefit of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT Online Learning Hub can be found at

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture Students. The library subject guide is a source of online resources and references - it can be found at:

The Library has additional support information on academic referencing

A range of Study resources can be found at:

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students with a first language other than English:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is contractually agreed upon by you and the supervising staff. At any time this agreement may change with the consent of the Program Director. 

Assessment options will be discussed with you during the first session along with detailed criteria for grading. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life.